olive and ivory…2 years later

One of my favorite color combinations for pretty much any season is olive + ivory + brown. The combination just seems so classic and very “me” every time I wear it. That’s why you can find it throughout the archives: here, here, here, here, here.

Anyway, today’s looks a a do-over of one I wore back in January 2015. As you can see, this version includes a similar dress, an olive cardigan, and sandals instead of boots. I’m thinking this dress will be on repeat this fall because it is SO comfy and the perfect length. I might need to devote a post to brainstorming new ways to wear it…any ideas?

ivory quilted dress: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // olive cardigan: J.Crew, very similar, similar // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar, similar // brown wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar

staying neutral

It’s been a while since I wore my trusty black ankle pants–they’re pretty much on constant rotation in the winter months, but once summer hits, I’m all about skirts and dresses. Anyway, I’m at a loss as to where to look for ankle pants these days. This pair is OK, but a bit tight (I bought them while I was still breastfeeding and thus a few pounds slimmer) . I tried the next size up of the Marisa fit “essential skinny ankle pant” at Loft (my former fave work pant), but the waist was way too big. Ugh. Why is finding work pants so friggin’ difficult?

This form-fitting pair will have to do for now. On this particular day I (once again) kept things pretty neutral by pairing the pants with an ivory peplum top and a simple statement necklace. Admittedly, this is way more dressed up than I need to be as a graduate student, but “dress for the job you want,” right?

ivory peplum tank: Loft, similar, similar // black ankle pants: Loft, exact, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar // crystal cube necklace: J.Crew Factory, very similar, similar

flutter sleeves

In case you haven’t noticed, flutter sleeves are kind of having a moment right now; it seems most tops these days have a little flutter and/or ruffle action going on. I resisted the trend for a while, as I have pretty broad shoulders, and I wasn’t too keen on adding volume to that part of my body. But when this pom-pom trimmed dress caught my eye, and it just so happened to have some flutter sleeves too, I decided to try out the trend.

To be honest, the sleeves are a bit more voluminous than I’d like, but the dress was final sale…so I’m living with them. I still like the dress though; it’s a fun change of pace from my usual stripes and chambray. On this particular day, I kept things pretty simple by sticking with black and a touch of metallic for accessories.

So, what do you think? Does this dress make me look like a linebacker? How would you wear a dress like this?

black pom-pom dress: Loft, similar, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar // gold clutch: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, exact, similar

take one, pass it on 2017: days 29-31

At long last, the final few outfits on this summer’s Take One, Pass It On challenge! I really liked these last few looks and can see myself repeating all of them in the future.

day twenty-nine:

black striped tee: Mossimo, similar // olive pants: Banana Republic, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar // gold  pendant necklace: J.Crew, similar

day thirty:

red floral tank: Who What Wear, similar // olive pants: Banana Republic, similar // tan wedge sandals: Chaps, exact // reversible tote: Street Level, exact

day thirty-one:

red floral tank: Who What Wear, similar // white jeans: Loft, exact // gold wedge sandals: Lauren Ralph Lauren, exact // gold mesh band watch: BP, similar

I’ll admit, there were times that I was a little hot in these last two outfits owing to the whole pants thing. But, in the overly air-conditioned offices and stores I frequent, I was glad to have the extra coverage. I’ll post a re-cap post of this month’s outfits shortly so that I can reflect on the experience and use it to inform my future wardrobe choices.

Thanks for following along!